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The City of Barrie's Community Garden Program is governed by the
Community Garden Policy. There are currently six community gardens in Barrie.
New community gardens were constructed in 2021 at Riverwood Park, Lampman Lane Park, and Batteaux Park. Thank you to community partners
Urban Pantry and the
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit who undertook the construction of these new gardens. For information about site selection and related public engagement please refer to the
May 2021 Memo to City Council.
The garden was built in July 2021 by Urban Pantry through a Trillium Foundation Grant. There are two (2) raised plots, nine (9) single plots and three (3) double plots with water service onsite. Please refer to
Batteaux Garden Map for plot numbers.
At this time, residents can rent a plot at Batteaux Community Garden for 2022, and this will also allow them access the garden for the remainder of 2021.
The garden was built in 2020 by Urban Pantry through a Trillium Foundation Grant. There are two (2) raised plots, ten (10) single plots and nine (9) double plots with water service onsite. Please refer to
Eastview Garden Map for plot numbers.
In 2021, double plots #10 and #19 are sponsored communal plots. If you are interested in participating in a communal plot, please contact Service Barrie at
ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca or (705) 726-4242.
The garden was built in 2012 by
Living Green Barrie. There are twelve (12) single garden plots and six (6) double plots with water service onsite. Please refer to theGolden Meadow Park Garden Mapfor plot numbers.
The garden was built in July 2021 by Urban Pantry through a Trillium Foundation Grant. There are two (2) raised plots, twelve (12) single plots and six (6) double plots with water service onsite. Please refer to
Lampman Lane Garden Map for plot numbers.
There are nine (9) raised beds adjacent to the community garden that are designated teaching gardens and are not available to rent at this time.
At this time, residents can rent a plot at Lampman Lane Community Garden for 2022, and this will also allow them access the garden for the remainder of 2021.
The garden was built in 2019 by Urban Pantry through a Trillium Foundation grant. There are two (2) raised plots, nine (9) single plots and nine (9) double plots with water service onsite. Please refer to the
Shear Park Garden Map for plot numbers.
The garden was built in August 2021 by Urban Pantry through a Trillium Foundation Grant. There are 2 (2) raised plots, ten (10) single plots and six(6) double plots with water service onsite. Please refer to the
Riverwood Community Garden Layout for plot numbers.
At this time, residents can rent a plot at the Riverwook Community Garden for 2022, and this will allow renters access for the remainder of 2021.
Prior to renting a plot, gardeners are to read the policy and sign a
Community Garden Rental Contract. The City administers the registration of the garden plots and any alterations to the garden plan. The gardeners elect a garden coordinator to operate the day-to-day functions of the garden and liaise with the City.
Current gardeners must re-register for their same plot annually by October 31. New gardener registrations are accepted starting November 1 annually.
Signed contracts will be received on a first-come, first-served basis. Gardeners may pick their plot immediately if registering in person. If the contract was submitted by mail, registrants will be notified of their plot number by phone or e-mail. Your contact information will be made available to the Garden Coordinator, who will contact you when the garden is opened up in the spring. If you indicate on your contract that you are interested in being a Garden Coordinator, you will be contacted by the City of Barrie Community Garden Administrator.
Due to the limited number of plots available, you may be placed on a waiting list, in priority sequence, if the plots are all rented by an early date. Your payment will be returned to you if your contract was submitted by mail. If a plot becomes available, you will be contacted according to the waiting list priority sequence, and the fee will be due at that time. Please submit your signed contract regardless of plot availability in order to help indicate the level of community interest and the need for more garden plots.
Communal gardens allow more than one individual to utilize plots in the community garden. By following the same rental process and policy, a group with a designated lead can apply for any available plot. The City encourages residents to experience gardens by becoming involved with the community garden program.
Brightly coloured boxes at the community gardens are part of the City of Barrie’s Seed Exchange, which is a sister service to the
Barrie Public Library’s Seed Library. The exchange aims to promote biodiversity and to enable our community to become self-reliant.
A Seed Library is a place where you can ‘borrow’ or exchange seeds. The Barrie Public Library has a Seed Library at all three of its locations. There can be practically any type of seed available: flower, vegetable, herbs, shrubs. Availability and selection depend on what is at the library at the time you visit.
A Seed Exchange (or Seed Box) is a miniature Seed Library that can be found in one of the City’s Community gardens where you can borrow, exchange, or share seeds. All members of the public can access and use the Seed Exchange or Seed Library.
A seed is a ripened ovule containing an embryonic plant and its food supply, providing enough energy to produce true leaves. The first set of leaves are called cotyledons and the second set is called true leaves.
Germination is the process the seed must go through to start growth that is unique for each type of plant. Most seeds are easy to germinate and require light, oxygen, water, and warmth to grow. Generally, the requirements for germination are found on seed packets or can be found online.
Growing from seed is economical, and you can grow a wide variety of plants. It is also rewarding to grow a plant from seed.
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